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2019 NCM Motorsports Park Double 8+7-Hour Results and Videos

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Friday Load-in and Tech Photos
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GfZVT7PWHf9YgaTX6

 

Saturday Race 1 Start images
https://photos.app.goo.gl/j7remzVPnz8oCw1o9

 

Saturday results and timing
https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/5420534

 

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Race 1 Saturday 8-hour - Podium Cars

1. #111 RVAGFX 1989 BMW 325 C-Class
2. #6 Basil Weenie 1990 Mazda Miata EcoTech B-Class
3. #901 Motorsports 1990 325is C-class
4.#923 Rebbin is racin 1992 BMW 325i C-Class
5. #890 E Racing 1986 BMW 325 C-Class

A-Class winner - #105 Team NCM 1994 Mazda Miata
B-Class Winner - #6 Basil Weenie 1990 Mazda Miata EcoTech
C-Class Winner - #111 RVAGFX 1989 BMW 325

D-Class Winner - #55 Checkered Past Racing 1984 Chevy Camaro

EC-Class #120 HoChunk 1986 Jeep Cherokee (Lexus SC400 Chassis)

Saturday 8-Hour Race Podium Interviews
 

 

Race 2 Sunday 7-hour - race images
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pJDWw4uvYUDNe3UK7

 

Race 2 Sunday 7-hour - Podium Cars

1. #111 RVAGFX 1989 BMW 325 C-Class
2. #901 Motorsports 1990 325is C-class
3. #105 Team NCM 1994 Mazda Miata A-Class
4. #923 MiElan Plus 2  1990 Mazda Miata B-Class
5. #248 Blakes Garage 2000 Mazda Miata A-Class

A-Class winner - #105 Team NCM 1994 Mazda Miata
B-Class Winner - #923 MiElan Plus 2  1990 Mazda Miata EcoTech
C-Class Winner - #111 RVAGFX 1989 BMW 325

D-Class Winner - #524 Mopar 4 Ever 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo

EC-Class #120 HoChunk 1986 Jeep Cherokee (Lexus SC400 Chassis)

Speedhive Race Results and timing - Sunday 
https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/5422574

 

Sunday 7-Hour Race Podium Interviews


 

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13 hours ago, jakks said:

Was there a hangup with -100 laps to EC cars?

That was a suggestion but not put into practice. We are working on scoring.   we did pick up the classified leader yesterday.  More to come later, discussions being had.  

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3 hours ago, Jer said:

That was a suggestion but not put into practice. We are working on scoring.   we did pick up the classified leader yesterday.  More to come later, discussions being had.  

Good deal. 

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Saturday and Sunday results updated - interviews added.

Sunday images added

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It's late, I am halfway home and have to head out to Willow Springs on Tuesday. I will upload more video as I get time. I think I have all the images done.
Race results are correct. 
Mazda results will be uploaded within a few days.


 

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Must have been some hell of a Jeep to beat RVA and run 2:25s!  WOWZ!! 

 

This certainly must be the first Jeep to win a Champ race, right?

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7 minutes ago, red0 said:

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Must have been some hell of a Jeep to beat RVA and run 2:25s!  WOWZ!! 

 

This certainly must be the first Jeep to win a Champ race, right?

Was that the EC  SC400 with the jeep body?

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7 minutes ago, red0 said:

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Must have been some hell of a Jeep to beat RVA and run 2:25s!  WOWZ!! 

 

This certainly must be the first Jeep to win a Champ race, right?

 

Its a Jeep body on an SC chassis.   Really cool and well done.  It was at the December Sebring races. 

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First time racing at this track. Was helping a neon team (the black and red one). I really liked it, more than i thought i would. There was some pretty regular contact which i think is a function of the track having narrow lines in some of the corners, but i don't recall any hits that required a wrecker to get them. That is a good sign given the record at some other tracks this year, and keeps the costs reasonable. 

 

We got hit 4 fairly minor times. The other cars served penalities and acknowledged it each time, which was refreshing. The most we had to repair was resetting the camber once (hit moved adjusters), which isn't that big of a deal. We weren't in contention for anything, the motor in the car was slower than a miata, but could turn just above 40s for regular laps and got down to a 38. That team wanted to work on getting the car handling and running well before working on the lack of power. 

 

The black and purple neon had some good battles with us. Hope to have video soon, but in the 3rd stint Sunday we ran nose to tail for what seemed like 20 mins. That was fun. Thank you purple\black\whatever other body color you were car....

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Great weekend. My plan was:

 

Get my car thru tech and shakedown on Friday so no surprises when we get to Indy and then load the car back in the trailer Friday evening with a car ready to go there. Mission accomplished. 

 

Drove with Elon on Saturday first stint. Wanted to lay down some fast clean laps to overcome the one lap penalty he starts with. Got it up in the teens before I got out. The rest of the team kept it clean and fast and was able to get it on the podium by the end of the day. Mission accomplished.  

 

Headed home Saturday evening so I could spend a little time with my Dad Sunday. Was able to take him to breakfast Sunday morning so mission accomplished. 

 

Congrats to the RVA guys on pulling off the double. We were in the pits with them so we were able to hang out and had a good time. 

 

Edit: How could I forget. Driving and hanging out with Elon and his gang was top notch. He and his group are a joy to spend time with. The rest of the driving team are folks we hang with  regularly so we all had a good time together. 

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I was kinda sad to not see any broadcast or streams going on during this event.  Was even sadder to see Doc's car on fire!!  Have we determine the cause of the fire?  Looks like a great time had by all.  E30 domination for sure.

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16 minutes ago, Jab31169 said:

I was kinda sad to not see any broadcast or streams going on during this event.  Was even sadder to see Doc's car on fire!!  Have we determine the cause of the fire?  Looks like a great time had by all.  E30 domination for sure.

The bandwidth at NCM is non existent so a broadcast from there was simply not worth the expense. You think YOU were sad to see Doc's car on fire...LOL 

We suspect the overflow line to the overflow tank in the RR wheel well became disattached after a spin over the rumble strips on T10. Big puddle of burnt plastic there and the tank is now missing from that location. I said "missing". Not true as we know right where is is and It ain't supposed to be in T10.

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2 hours ago, Doc said:

The bandwidth at NCM is non existent so a broadcast from there was simply not worth the expense. You think YOU were sad to see Doc's car on fire...LOL 

We suspect the overflow line to the overflow tank in the RR wheel well became disattached after a spin over the rumble strips on T10. Big puddle of burnt plastic there and the tank is now missing from that location. I said "missing". Not true as we know right where is is and It ain't supposed to be in T10.

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We were of course sorry to see this happen to anyone.  I'm glad your driver was safe.   Doc, I'll check our video to confirm but I recall coming up on an E30 that looked like it had just been completely topped off and was venting overflow fuel from directly behind the right rear.   However, this was earlier in the day - my co-driver was in the car during the unfortunate red flag incident.   I would definitely investigate.   It's an expensive lesson to teach, I know, but I hope details will be pursued so that we all might be safer from what you learn.

 

- I checked my video.   It was the white #387 E30 venting out of the right rear on left-handers.   The blue Honda and I got to him on the approach turns to the front straight.   Dumping a fair amount, especially that far into a lap if it was the out lap.  Hope this helps someone... 

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11 hours ago, red0 said:

This certainly must be the first Jeep to win a Champ race, right?

except they didn't win.  EC ya know.  Just another thing with a big motor.  I would imagine they had fun.

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That jeep was at the wrl race at barber. They dug him out of the turn 5 gravel trap at least 5 times. Was fun to watch thou, would put down a sweet set of 11`s off any tight corner. Super nice guy as well.

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3 hours ago, Doc said:

The bandwidth at NCM is non existent so a broadcast from there was simply not worth the expense. You think YOU were sad to see Doc's car on fire...LOL 

We suspect the overflow line to the overflow tank in the RR wheel well became disattached after a spin over the rumble strips on T10. Big puddle of burnt plastic there and the tank is now missing from that location. I said "missing". Not true as we know right where is is and It ain't supposed to be in T10.

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I was right behind you as you went into and thru 10. You left a trail of fire on the track (like back to the future at 88 mph).  Looked like the gas was running onto the RR tire and then catching fire.  Did you have a hard time getting out of the car?  I know it seems longer than it was but I stopped and radioed my crew while I was waiting and hoping you climbed out. Was happy to see you were ok. My camera was full and dead so I don’t have video of it. 

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Well now we are back at home and had a good nights sleep I will do a recap of the NCM trek. Friday was a test day for the cars and more of a test for the wrench and wrenches from everyone helping. The new blue car was driven and tested by all the drivers and was doing very well all day. Getting some fast times and I think we got in the 2:29 range which was very solid. Lots of tweaks and adjustments thru the day.
Now the green car, good old 150, well it was along and rough day. It started back in Iowa on load in. The shocks would not drop to springs and limits and let the fun begin. Took all four off and try to quickly sort the issues and got Chris from Tirerack to toss in four new ones. We loaded and headed south. On Friday morning we took all four corners down and found the Ebay locking collars were not round when at full tight causing int inner shock works to lock up. Took the coil over kits off and had to modify the Bilstien collars for smaller springs. Turned out to be a major task with a saws all and battery drill with a carbide cutter and no vise. We finally go the job done and tossed it back together for some test laps. We could not get the ride height we wanted but had no choice at that point. Out we went to test and on the second driver we got a call he had gone off and it would not re start?? After being pulled in we found the flex plate had shattered. Out came the motor and our spare motor had a plate so we swapped that in and got it all back together and out on track just as practice ended. Spent more time checking everything over and setting the caster and ride height best we could to be ready for the race.
 
Race day, started near the front with the draw and Bob in the blue car worked to first place while the green car had an electrical gremlin pop up on the warm up lap and after a few laps came back in to pits and behind the wall. So back to Bob running up front he was doing very well and the C cars were coming up with a couple BMW's pushing really hard. One on his tail and in a high speed corner he missed a shift and started to spin and was collected by the BMW's with one very hard hit. So now both cars out and behind the wall. Everyone jumped into the wrench mode and we took the broken wing (sorry Scott) off and removed the front splitter and took off the damaged defuser swapped the radiator for a larger aluminum.
Took some major porta power effort to get the rear out in place but got it back on track for each driver to run for short stints and test car for Sunday.
The green car ended up having a loose connection on the main power buss behind the dash panel and took some effort to find that and fix. Once fixed we got some time for drivers on track near the end of the day. We also sorted some more alignment setup to get the best we could for Sunday.
 
Sunday, we parked the cars in reverse order so the green car got held on release to the end so one started eight from the end and the other at the end. Chris started in the blue car and marched forward nicely with no issues and got us to about 10th and the fuel stop. Aaron started in the green car and was working forward up to about 15th or so when he had to come in as it boiled over, seems we did not get all the air out with the motor work from Friday. Took some effort to col it down and filled the system again and sent Patrick out and kept turning laps then changed to Jeff and during his stint the over heating happened again after a red flag and sitting on track. Jeff came in and we cooled it again and got Jacob in to run until it got hot again and we parked for the final few laps.
Back to the blue car, the second stint was given to Matthew who has been away for a long time and I must say he got right back in the swing and we continued to climb up to 6th. Turned it over to Chad and he kept us right up in the hunt with the fastest laps of the day in out car,2:31's. Final stint went to Bob who took it out and continued the move forward. I had to do some quick looking and sorting all the other cars and fuel stops thought we could finish 4th and so we did. Excellent for our first outing in the new build. So in all major work and effort from everyone with good results.
 
On to Gingerman in August and hope for good showing there.
 
FYI: Bill maybe you can fix the car number you posted in your results and in your interviews you also said that Blakes Garage finished four overall, fifth would be correct answer.

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14 hours ago, JDChristianson said:

except they didn't win.  EC ya know.  Just another thing with a big motor.  I would imagine they had fun.

 

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The results show they won. 

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IPF Recap: This was our first race of the season and the first on the new build. Friday went really went really well considering we'd never been to NCM before. Tech went smoothly and all the drivers were consistently running low 2:30s.

Saturday we started middle of the pack and ended up in running in 2nd at the end of the first stint when we ran a strong 2:29. I was having a ton of fun running with the Beanie Weanie? Ecotec Miata (yellow)! Our second driver went out and made it an hour or so before he couldn't get the car into gear anymore. Turns out one of the friction disc springs broke free and lodged itself between the clutch fingers. Apparently a "stage 2" clutch isn't enough for our measly 250ftlbs. While the car cooled down we ran around town trying to find an alternative, ended up with a 95 Tacoma V6 clutch from Autozone as a replacement. Got the clutch in Saturday afternoon and seemed ready for Sunday.

 

Sunday we started near the back of the pack and our first driver worked his way through tough traffic up to 4th. Got a radio in that the coolant pressure warning came on and with 15min left in the stint I told him to watch the temp gauge and make sure it didn't get hot. During the pit stop there was water all over the splitter and after removing the hood there was a good size hole in the radiator fins where the fan broke and pulled one of the mounts through the fins (note to self, don't mount fans to the fins). 15 minutes later we had the new radiator in and our driver went back out. He came back in with some higher temps and we bled it and ran without the hood from then on, no more coolant issues, but fuel issues. One fuel pump died, but he switched the second one on and kept going. Somehow we still can't pull all 20 gallons out of the cell.... 3rd driver goes in, running well but the wing mount cables break and eventually the wing falls off of one side of the mount. He comes in and we do a full driver/fuel stop, but forget to put new icepacks in the coolshirt. I go out with no rear wing, but with full splitter (read: FUN) until we get black flagged for no brake lights, I come in tech clears us (they're a little dim), we decide to top off with fuel to make sure we can make it through to the end. I also turn on the rain light that blinks when braking as a backup and get black flagged for that. Come in AGAIN, turn off the rain light and confirm with THREE different techs that the lights work (I was frustrated in the moment, but the lights obviously need to be fixed so this doesn't happen again, I can appreciate the safety concern). Go back out only be brought in again but for missing lug nuts this time, apparently we broke 2 studs on the left front and they were found on track. That was with 30minutes left in the race so we called it. 

 

The car definitely has pace and the track and event were amazing! That was some really close and clean racing that we experienced, now we just have a long to do list for Gingerman! Can't wait for next year!

 

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16 hours ago, Kevin B said:

- I checked my video.   It was the white #387 E30 venting out of the right rear on left-handers.   The blue Honda and I got to him on the approach turns to the front straight.   Dumping a fair amount, especially that far into a lap if it was the out lap.  Hope this helps someone... 

 

YES !! I was behind the #387 for several laps.  It was dumping many many gallons of fuel on every left turn.... to the point where it was slippery for me, and I had not follow directly behind him.  I could smell the gas fumes... and was worried about a rolling fireball.

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On 6/17/2019 at 4:45 PM, Jab31169 said:

I was kinda sad to not see any broadcast or streams going on during this event.  Was even sadder to see Doc's car on fire!!  Have we determine the cause of the fire?  Looks like a great time had by all.  E30 domination for sure.

My first time there.  You definitely need lots of motor at NCM. The Eco Tech Miata's could do well there.  One did.  It also had fast lap on Sunday I think before they went out with motor issues.  Shift points for us were tricky and we were having to run at the rev limiter a lot.  We had to run the car harder than we like to if you wanted good lap times.  Really fun and very challenging track, maybe the most technically challenging I've been on.

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10 minutes ago, tdh136 said:

Eco Tech Miata's

We did for a short start on Saturday and then finished fourth on Sunday with ours 🙂

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